America's Favorite Cities Survey Finds New York City Most Unfriendly in the Nation

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Delivery Rider Pushing a Bike Through Snow on First Avenue, New York, NY, 2015
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We get a bad rap here for being unfriendly in New York City, but that all depends on who you ask. In a national survey conducted earlier this year by Travel + Leisure, participants voted NYC as the most unfriendly of all 38 cities on the list.

Sure, the Big Apple won the survey for its art, theater and luxe shopping, but perhaps readers just can’t forgive those brusque cabbies—or the fact that NYC also ranked as the most expensive city in the nation.

Anybody asked in the survey would have been a tourist here, and their Midtown experience is not representative of the City in whole. The same thing can be said about other cities, so can this list even be trusted?

People in New York City are nice, but in the real nice way, not the superficial stop-and-talk on the street kind of nice.

New York nice means you shuffle in to the middle of the subway car, even if you are only going one stop. It means you step over the sidewalk mystery liquid rather than break the lanes of traffic and move around it. It means you pay in credit card, but tip in cash. It means you know your doorman’s life story. It means you don’t stare into the other apartments outside your window, and they don’t either. It means you don’t call seamless in a blizzard.

If any of you disagree, you can go f*ck yourself.

via Time

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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